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  • GWEN IFILL, NEWSHOUR ANCHOR: Good evening, I’m Gwen Ifill.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF, NEWSHOUR ANCHOR: And I’m Judy Woodruff.

  • And welcome to this PBS NEWSHOUR special: coverage of the second presidential debate

  • between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump.

  • The stage is set at Washington University in St. Louis.

  • The most unconventional campaign in modern presidential history has reached entirely

  • new levels.

  • Friday’s release of the videotape from 2005 of Donald Trump using lewd language and bragging

  • about making unwanted sexual advances on women has prompted a number of Republicans to withdraw

  • their support from their party’s nominee.

  • IFILL: Tonight’s debate will be a town hall format where Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump

  • will be taking questions from an audience of uncommitted voters, as well as from moderators

  • Martha Radiate of ABC News and Anderson Cooper of CNN.

  • Joining us at our table are our regular NEWSHOUR contributors: syndicated columnist Mark Shields,

  • New York Times columnist David Brooks, and Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report.

  • And in another unprecedented turn: Donald Trump staged a surprise appearance little

  • more than an hour ago with four women, three of who whom accused Bill Clinton of sexual

  • assault or harassment.

  • In response, the Clinton campaign said, were not surprised see Donald Trump continue his

  • destructive race to the bottom.

  • Friends, the moral equivalency wars are in full — I don’t know, sway, David?

  • DAVID BROOKS, THE NEW YORK TIMES: This could be one of the most historic and repulsive

  • debates to the American political history.

  • Weve entered TV — a reality TV show of the bottom level.

  • And so I’m expecting a traffic accident frankly.

  • And what trump did tonight I think will backfire on him badly as more Republicans flee from

  • him.

  • WOODRUFF: Amy, how much of all this stuff do you think is going to come up tonight?

  • AMY WALTER, THE COOK POLITICAL REPORT: Well, the fact that I can’t let my fourth-grader

  • watch a presidential debate I think tells you all you need to know about where we are

  • in this campaign and what I expect from it.

  • Look, I think Donald Trump’s — before he had this press conference my thought was

  • he’s either going to come in do contrition or he’s going to do combative.

  • And we know obviously which half he chose.

  • He has decided throughout the course of this campaign to double down, triple down, any

  • time he’s challenged.

  • He is only interested in talking to histhe faithful, never interested in reaching beyond

  • that.

  • IFILL: And, Mark Shields, are we talking about a policy debate tonight or a personality debate?

  • MARK SHIELDS, SYNDICATED COLUMNIST: Were talking about Donald Trump trying to save

  • his candidacy.

  • Stop Republicans from fleeing him.

  • Energizing the base.

  • Making it a Clinton race again.

  • I think unsuccessfully.

  • WOODRUFF: And now here are

  • the moderators, Martha Radiate and

  • Anderson Cooper.

  • [*] RADIATE: Ladies and gentlemen the Republican nominee for president, Donald J. Trump, and

  • the Democratic nominee for president, Hillary Clinton.

  • (APPLAUSE)

  • COOPER: Thank you very much for being here.

  • Were going to begin with a question from one of the members in our town hall.

  • Each of you will have two minutes to respond to this question.

  • Secretary Clinton, you won the coin toss, so youll go first.

  • Our first question comes from Patrice Brock.

  • Patrice?

  • QUESTION: Thank you, and good evening.

  • The last debate could have been rated as MA, mature audiences, per TV parental guidelines.

  • Knowing that educators assign viewing the presidential debates as studentshomework,

  • do you feel youre modeling appropriate and positive behavior for today’s youth?

  • CLINTON: Well, thank you.

  • Are you a teacher?

  • Yes, I think that that’s a very good question, because I’ve heard from lots of teachers

  • and parents about some of their concerns about some of the things that are being said and

  • done in this campaign.

  • And I think it is very important for us to make clear to our children that our country

  • really is great because were good.

  • And we are going to respect one another, lift each other up.

  • We are going to be looking for ways to celebrate our diversity, and we are going to try to

  • reach out to every boy and girl, as well as every adult, to bring them in to working on

  • behalf of our country.

  • I have a very positive and optimistic view about what we can do together.

  • That’s why the slogan of my campaign isStronger Together,” because I think if

  • we work together, if we overcome the divisiveness that sometimes sets Americans against one

  • another, and instead we make some big goalsand I’ve set forth some big goals, getting

  • the economy to work for everyone, not just those at the top, making sure that we have

  • the best education system from preschool through college and making it affordable, and so much

  • else.

  • If we set those goals and we go together to try to achieve them, there’s nothing in

  • my opinion that America can’t do.

  • So that’s why I hope that we will come together in this campaign.

  • Obviously, I’m hoping to earn your vote, I’m hoping to be elected in November, and

  • I can promise you, I will work with every American.

  • I want to be the president for all Americans, regardless of your political beliefs, where

  • you come from, what you look like, your religion.

  • I want us to heal our country and bring it together because that’s, I think, the best

  • way for us to get the future that our children and our grandchildren deserve.

  • COOPER: Secretary Clinton, thank you.

  • Mr. Trump, you have two minutes.

  • TRUMP: Well, I actually agree with that.

  • I agree with everything she said.

  • I began this campaign because I was so tired of seeing such foolish things happen to our

  • country.

  • This is a great country.

  • This is a great land.

  • I’ve gotten to know the people of the country over the last year-and-a-half that I’ve

  • been doing this as a politician.

  • I cannot believe I’m saying that about myself, but I guess I have been a politician.

  • TRUMP: And my whole concept was to make America great again.

  • When I watch the deals being made, when I watch what’s happening with some horrible

  • things like Obamacare, where your health insurance and health care is going up by numbers that

  • are astronomical, 68 percent, 59 percent, 71 percent, when I look at the Iran deal and

  • how bad a deal it is for us, it’s a one-sided transaction where were giving back $150

  • billion to a terrorist state, really, the number one terror state, weve made them

  • a strong country from really a very weak country just three years ago.

  • When I look at all of the things that I see and all of the potential that our country

  • has, we have such tremendous potential, whether it’s in business and trade, where were

  • doing so badly.

  • Last year, we had almost $800 billion trade deficit.

  • In other words, trading with other countries.

  • We had an $800 billion deficit.

  • It’s hard to believe.

  • Inconceivable.

  • You say who’s making these deals?

  • Were going the make great deals.

  • Were going to have a strong border.

  • Were going to bring back law and order.

  • Just today, policemen was shot, two killed.

  • And this is happening on a weekly basis.

  • We have to bring back respect to law enforcement.

  • At the same time, we have to take care of people on all sides.

  • We need justice.

  • But I want to do things that haven’t been done, including fixing and making our inner

  • cities better for the African-American citizens that are so great, and for the Latinos, Hispanics,

  • and I look forward to doing it.

  • It’s called make America great again.

  • COOPER: Thank you, Mr. Trump.

  • The question from Patrice was about are you both modeling positive and appropriate behavior

  • for today’s youth?

  • We received a lot of questions online, Mr. Trump, about the tape that was released on

  • Friday, as you can imagine.

  • You called what you said locker room banter.

  • You described kissing women without consent, grabbing their genitals.

  • That is sexual assault.

  • You bragged that you have sexually assaulted women.

  • Do you understand that?

  • TRUMP: No, I didn’t say that at all.

  • I don’t think you understood what wasthis was locker room talk.

  • I’m not proud of it.

  • I apologize to my family.

  • I apologize to the American people.

  • Certainly I’m not proud of it.

  • But this is locker room talk.

  • You know, when we have a world where you have ISIS chopping off heads, where you haveand,

  • frankly, drowning people in steel cages, where you have wars and horrible, horrible sights

  • all over, where you have so many bad things happening, this is like medieval times.

  • We haven’t seen anything like this, the carnage all over the world.

  • And they look and they see.

  • Can you imagine the people that are, frankly, doing so well against us with ISIS?

  • And they look at our country and they see what’s going on.

  • Yes, I’m very embarrassed by it.

  • I hate it.

  • But it’s locker room talk, and it’s one of those things.

  • I will knock the hell out of ISIS.

  • Were going to defeat ISIS.

  • ISIS happened a number of years ago in a vacuum that was left because of bad judgment.

  • And I will tell you, I will take care of ISIS.

  • COOPER: So, Mr. Trump

  • TRUMP: And we should get on to much more important things and much bigger things.

  • COOPER: Just for the record, though, are you saying that what you said on that bus 11 years

  • ago that you did not actually kiss women without consent or grope women without consent?

  • TRUMP: I have great respect for women.

  • Nobody has more respect for women than I do.

  • COOPER: So, for the record, youre saying you never did that?

  • TRUMP: I’ve said things that, frankly, you hear these things I said.

  • And I was embarrassed by it.